Island University Receives Grant to Improve High-need Student Services

Published: October 27, 2015

Island University Receives Grant to Improve High-need Student Services

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received approximately $2.5 million in Title V grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education to help improve services designed to help high-need students attain a college education.

The project, titled Project GRAD: Graduation and Retention through Academic Diversity, is designed to help Hispanic, first generation, low income, and traditionally underrepresented students achieve their four-year degree at A&M-Corpus Christi.

 “We are proud of the Island University’s commitment to students of all backgrounds,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “Through programs like Project GRAD, and all of our services offered through Programs for Academic Student Support, we work directly with students to ease their transition to college study and help them at every stage until they reach graduation.”

There are four major goals included in this five-year program. The first goal is to increase the number of high-needs student who are able to enter A&M-Corpus Christi ready to complete their college education.

“We will develop a developmental summer bridge program to provide necessary resources to students before their first semester in college,” said Leslee Schauer, Director of Title V Programs at A&M-Corpus Christi.  “The summer bridge program will not only focus on academics, but overall college acclimation.”

In addition to preparing more students for college, this program is designed to help more high-needs students graduate with their bachelor’s degree within six years.

The third major goal of the program is to increase the number of online courses offered and to train more faculty and staff to help students take advantage of the greater flexibility provided through such programs.

The funding will also renovate space and upgrade some of the available technology and library services.

The grant is funded for $2,622,230 over the next five years. Title V is a Department of Education funding program available for Hispanic-serving institutions, such as A&M-Corpus Christi, to help expand educational opportunities for all students.

Although this is a five-year funding program, university officials expect it will have long-term benefits for students, faculty, staff, and the University as a whole for many years into the future.